THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
D. Its Establishing
1. Encouragement for Faith and Love
1 Therefore when we could abear it no longer, we thought it good to be left in 1bAthens alone,
2 And we sent aTimothy, our brother and 1God's fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to bestablish and 2encourage you for the sake of your cfaith,
3 That no one would be 1shaken by these aafflictions; for you yourselves know that we are 2bappointed for this.
4 For even when we were with you, we 1told you beforehand that we are to be afflicted, even as it also came to pass and you know.
5 Because of this, when I also could abear it no longer, I sent to find out concerning your bfaith, lest perhaps the 1ctempter had tempted you and our labor would be 2din vain.
6 But aTimothy, having just come 1to us from you and announcing the good news to us of your bfaith and love and that you have kind cremembrance of us always and dlong to see us, just as we also you,
7 Because of this we were 1acomforted because of you, brothers, in all our 2necessity and affliction, through your bfaith;
8 Because now we 1live if you 2astand firm in the Lord.
9 For what athanks can we return to God concerning you for all the joy with which we rejoice because of you before our God,
10 Night and day petitioning exceedingly so that we may asee your face and 1complete the things that are lacking in your bfaith?
11 Now may our God and Father Himself and our Lord Jesus 1amake straight our path to you;
12 And the Lord cause you to increase and aabound in 1blove to cone another and to all, just as we also to you,
2. Encouragement with Hope
13 1So that He may aestablish your 2hearts bblameless in 3choliness before our God and Father at the 4dcoming of our Lord Jesus ewith all His 5saints.